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Sep 30, 2012 7:30pm EDT
schools like investing in advanced teacher education. let's build a strong foundation. let's invest in our teachers so they can inspire our students. let's solve this. >>> welcome back. sheila bair was the chairman of the federal deposit insurance corporation from 2006 to 2011. charged with guaranteeing the stability and public confidence of the nation's financial system. a tough job in the midst of the 2008 financial crisis. today she's the author of "bull by the horns: fighting to save main street from wall street and wall street from itself." sheila, great to have you on the program. welcome. >> thank you for having me. >> when it comes to the $700 billion bank bailout four years ago, you write in your book "to this day i wonder if we overreacted." was it too much. >> i think it was too much. it was misdirected. shared a lot of money with large financial institutions and made sure they maybe profitable but not enough on restructuring mortgages and foreclosure prevention. >> do you think it was this panic that was going on that you just felt everybody needed money toward the banks
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